An October Knitting Workshop + Alegria Yarn from Manos del Uruguay

September 13, 2013 Julie

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

We’ve got some new yarn from Manos del Uruguay in the shop called Alegria. It’s a superwash merino sock yarn that’s dyed in super fun colorways. It’s happy! For those of you digging deep to recall some of that high school Spanish, you may already know that Alegria means happiness or joy.

In my opinion, exciting multicolored yarns are best showcased with simple stitching so you can really see the beauty of the colors. That’s why I immediately cast on for The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief because 1) I love me a kerchief and 2) this pattern has nice sections of stockinette stitch to really show off the yarn itself.

Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief Detail

Alegria is soft and durable. And, while it’s a sock yarn that typically calls for a US 1-3 needle, it drapes quite nicely when knit with a US 5 needle. As I did for this project which helped it knit up quickly. Using our Addi Turbo knitting needles helped, too. (:

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Yarn{Manos del Uruguay Alegria yarn in Maiz, Columbina + Colibri}

Now, another great thing about The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief pattern is that you can use any yarn –fingering to worsted weight. You just have to adjust your needle size accordingly. You can also add more pattern repeats to make it larger if you like.

If you’re not feeling the multicolored excitement of Alegria, you could knit it up your own Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief in Manos del Uruguay Fino or SweetGeorgia Yarn’s Superwash DK. Here are my favorites:

Manos del Uruguay Fino Yarn{Manos del Uruguay Fino in Antique Lace, Ivory + Watered Silk}

SweetGeorgia Yarn's Superwash DK{SweetGeorgia Yarn’s Superwash DK in Wisteria, Lettuce Wrap + Nightshade}

Are you ready to try? Then you should join us on Wednesday, October 9 from 6 – 8 PM and we’ll get you started on your own kerchief. This workshop is complimentary with purchase of materials.

As long as you already know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off you should be ready to roll. In this workshop, you’ll learn to cast on using the garter tab cast on method used in many shawl patterns, practice yarn overs and tackle make one increases so you can continue working at home. We’ll also be using a circular needle to knit this flat project. Have you done that before? If not, you may find that circular needles will change your world.

So, that’s the plan. If you’re liking the sound of this plan, check out the class details here and then stop in to purchase your materials and RSVP. If you’re interested in learning to knit, click here and then scroll down to see the Learn to Knit class that I just scheduled!

Manos del Uruguay, SweetGeorgia, and other delicious yarn is available for purchase in the Home Made shop. We’ve also got knitting needles, accessories, and all the encouragement you’ll need for your next knitting project. Stop on over!



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